TIDES TAKE DOWN TRIBE 3-2 IN EXTRA INNINGS
Figueroa Delivers Game-Winning Double In 11th
NORFOLK, Va. — Second baseman Paco Figueroa hit a two-out, run-scoring double in the bottom of the 11th inning after the Tides overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth and Norfolk claimed a 3-2 extra-inning victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday night at Harbor Park.
The loss drops the Indians’ record to 56-53 on the season, while the victory improves the Tides’ mark to 51-58 on the year. Indianapolis’ defeat, coupled with a win by the Louisville Bats, gives the Tribe’s West Division rival a two and one half game cushion in the Wild Card race.
With catcher Craig Tatum standing at first base with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, Figueroa strode to the plate with an 0-for-4 line attached to his name in the box score. Then, after working the count full, the Tides’ second baseman lined the seventh pitch of his plate appearance out to deep left field to plate Tatum and give Norfolk the 3-2 come-from-behind victory.
Figueroa’s extra inning heroics were made possible in part by an unusual ninth inning rally by the Tides. After a fly out and a strikeout accounted for the first two outs of the frame, DH Rhyne Hughes started Norfolk’s comeback with an infield single to third base.
After Hughes stole second to move into scoring position, 1B Brandon Snyder chased a pitch in the dirt for strike three, but a wild pitch on the play allowed Hughes to move to third and Snyder to reach first base safely. Norfolk then tied the contest one batter later on a fielding error at first base.
Before Norfolk evened the score at 2-2 in the ninth, Tribe starter Brian Burres (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO) turned in seven sparkling innings of work for Indianapolis. The Indians’ left-hander limited the Tides’ offense to just one run on three hits and allowed only two base runners to reach scoring position before the seventh inning.
Indianapolis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Moss launched his team-leading 18th home run of the season with two outs in the top half of the first inning. With LF Kevin Melillo standing at first following a lead-off walk, Moss drilled the third offering of his at-bat out to right center field to give the Tribe a two-run advantage.
With the Indians still holding a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning, Burres found himself in a bit of a jam. After the Tribe left-hander retired the first batter of the frame on a pop out, Burres allowed a single and then issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out in the inning.
Following a brief visit to the mound by Indians’ pitching coach Dean Treanor, Burres was able to induce an inning-ending double play off the bat of Tides’ LF Nolan Reimold to preserve Indianapolis’ 2-0 edge.
The Tides cut the Indians’ lead to 2-1 with a single run in the home half of the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single by Tatum. Reimold opened the seventh with a walk and, after stealing second with two outs, came around to score Norfolk’s first run on Tatum’s base knock.
Not to be lost in the late inning excitement was the effort of Norfolk’s starting pitcher. In just his 10th career Triple-A start, LHP Tim Bascom (6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) held the Indians’ offense to two runs on three hits in 6.2 innings of work.
Tides’ reliever Armando Gabino (2.0 IP, 1 H) earned his seventh win of the season with two scoreless innings of work out of the Norfolk bullpen, while Indians’ RHP Brian Bass (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB) was strapped with his third loss of the year after allowing the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning.
In a game that featured only five total runs and 11 combined hits, only two batters recorded multiple base knocks on the evening, with Moss (2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI) collecting two hits for the Tribe and Andino (2-for-4, 1 BB) registering two singles for the Tides.
The Indians continue their four-game series with the Norfolk Tides on Sunday, August 1 at 6:15 p.m. RHP Charlie Morton is expected to get the nod for the Tribe, while LHP Zach Britton is the probable starter for the Tides.
The contest will be carried by WXLW-950 AM and www.IndyIndians.com with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley on the call. The pre-game show begins at 5:55 p.m.